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University of Chicago to honor its first African American professor,
Julian H. Lewis, on Feb. 21

By Kerrie Kennedy

Julian H. Lewis, pictured here in 1917 in his graduation gown, was the first African American to teach at the University of Chicago. He joined the UChicago faculty after finishing his MD at Rush Medical College.
By Kerrie Kennedy

Julian H. Lewis was a man who accomplished many significant “firsts” in his lifetime and yet he remains something of a mystery. A Black History Month event on Saturday, Feb. 21 will celebrate the life and legacy of Lewis, who was the first African American to teach at the University of Chicago, and who later was heralded as the father of anthropathology, a field that looks at racial differences in the expression of disease.

He is virtually unknown, not just within the University, but to the whole world,” said Robert L. Branch II, an independent scholar who has studied the history of Lewis’ life and who will speak at the event. “That’s why I wanted to be part of this, to finally give him his recognition. This is the greatest unknown story of the greatest unknown medical and African American pioneer of the 20th century,” said Branch.

Lewis is known to be one of the earliest African Americans in history to hold both an MD and a PhD. His groundbreaking research on race and blood typing led to his equally path-breaking book, Biology of the Negro, published in 1942. “It was the first book of its kind to objectively use science to dispel the myth of a superior race,” said Branch. “It literally changed people’s perspectives on race.” Born in 1891 in Shawneetown, Ill., Lewis was the son of two educators who were born into and later liberated from slavery. It was 100 years ago that Lewis earned his PhD in physiology and pathology from the University of Chicago, graduating magna cum laude in a year and a half. He then earned his MD from Rush Medical College and joined the UChicago faculty in 1917, as an instructor in pathology. In 1923, he became an assistant professor.
A noted expert in immunology at UChicago, Lewis later received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship to study in Switzerland. He left UChicago in 1943, and continued his career at Provident Hospital, the first black-owned and operated hospital in the United States. Lewis held a number of other positions from 1952 until his death in 1989.

Joining Branch as event presenters will be Christopher Crenner, the Ralph Major and Robert Hudson professor and chair of history and philosophy of medicine, at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and Tyrone Haymore, founder, director and curator of the Robbins Historical Society and Museum, in Robbins Ill.

The presenters also will look at Lewis’ impact on the culture of the University of Chicago itself, and the network of support he created at a time when many students were confronting racism. “While he was never tenured, and that remains a question,” Branch said, “Lewis became a catalyst for promoting diversity at UChicago. His achievements had a far-reaching impact.”

As an activist and mentor, Lewis supported and championed the early careers of a number of prominent African Americans at UChicago, from dancer Katherine Dunham to the late Prof. James E. Bowman, father of Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

“I would be hard pressed to name any prominent black student or faculty member of his era who didn’t benefit from Lewis’ support,” said Bart Schultz, director of the Civic Knowledge Project, sponsor of the event. “He had a terrific impact as a scientist, but he also was a remarkable person.”

While teaching at UChicago, Lewis became the “bridge” between the University and Provident Hospital. “He was a pioneer in many respects,” said Crenner.

A highlight of the event will be the unveiling of a specially commissioned oil painting of Lewis, which will be donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2016. Representatives from the Smithsonian will be at the event for the presentation of the painting.

“The Life and Legacy of Julian H. Lewis” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The event is free and open to the public.
Reservations may be made for the event by connecting to:
For more information, visit uchicago/diversityproject.


Minnie E. Miller



Dear Senator

Honorable Richard Durbin,

Keeping up with the news, several issues have troubled me.

The Department of Labor said Illinois’ unemployment rate is 8.6% (rarely to they report unemployment among people of color, which is generally more than 3 times higher). Also bothersome is the reduction in the food stamp program (hidden the Farm Bill). Hanging in the balance is denial of continued emergency unemployment compensation benefits will rock this nation.

“Worse, a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts projected Illinois would be dead last among 50 States for job creation in 2014.”

How is it possible that this “Great Nation” can be so callus?

I will listen very closely to President Obama‘s State of the Nation speech this evening, but I must say in advance, he cannot run this nation alone.

Retired but still connected.

~~~ 0 ~~~


Confirmation Still Pending

It has been more than 130 days since Loretta Lynch has been nominated by President Barack Obama for United States Attorney General and she has yet to be confirmed.
Source: @TVOnetv #NewsOneNow.
Roland Martin will stay on the case, as will I.

Update: March 28, 2015,
“Black Women March to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office to push Loretta Lynch Confirmation.”

Please support Mrs. Lynch on social media. There is power in unity.

Minnie E. Miller


Confirmation Pending

Confirm Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General now. Congress should stop their horse-trading.

March 17, 2015

“Given the many racial justice issues facing our nation, the country desperately needs a seamless transition and a continued steady hand at the Justice Department. On the call, leaders called for an immediate vote in favor of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation for Attorney General.”

“The Senate Republican majority is using every excuse it can find to delay or obstruct Lynch’s confirmation. And the one thing these excuses all have in common is that none of them have anything to do with the nominee herself. We know that senators can walk and chew gum at the same time and that this is just the latest turn in what has been the most mishandled and manipulated confirmation process in memory.”


Minnie E. Miller



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Minnie E. Miller



Closing 2014

History of my work ending 2014 –not included are numerous essays and articles.

Several friends and editors have been my angels during my journey through literary-land.

Zaji, my professional editor, designer, and truth-teller. Would not let me off the hook. (Ha!) Priceless.

Barbara Bernard, true friend, editor, and another truth-teller. Love her like a sister. I wish for her better health in 2015.

Idrissa Uqdah, PR mentor, marketer, long time friend introduced me to writers’ Internet sites. She’s another angel.

Sheila Peele-Miller (not related) an old friend and writer who walked with me through my journey for years.

Donald R. Barbera, writer, journalist, photographer, and another great mentor. Maybe even a brother by another mother. {Smile} He knows what I mean.

George and David have had my back for years in all respects. We are going to grow old together.

Ella Curry, Black Pearl Online Magazine, believed in me even when I doubted myself. Her marketing efforts are priceless, truly.

Evelyn Palfrey’s writing and reader group are all fantastic dives.

My support-readers are too numerous to type here.

I know, I breaking all the writing rules here. But that’s OK for now.

If I May:

~~~ Rabindranath Tagore

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On Being a Writer

By Minnie Estelle Miller


December 9, 2014

For me, being a writer is a mixture of all my emotions. Beginning to write my story is easy. Most times, I have a dream or an idea that stirs my emotions and jump-starts my imagination. I write down thoughts, even if only a couple of sentences, and let them simmer for a week or so. It is inspiring to see your words from another perspective, especially when involved in something completely detached from your draft.

Some may think that reading is detached from writing. Not true. It is fundamental to writing. It helps me find the proper words for some thoughts. Often I am stuck trying to clarify a situation. I may use a few words of other writers, being mindful of copyright laws.

Unknown to me right away is why some words stir my imagination. It could be a person’s comments, or watching the sunset, or something that I have tried to ignore—there are several of those. I simply listen to the voices in my head and write. It’s like putting together pieces of a puzzle. You won’t know where they fit right away. Patience and determination helps here.

In time, my protagonist steps to center stage and fights for his or her place in the story. Of course, you must take into consideration the premises of your story—that is unless it turns into a stronger premises. This is sensual for me because at this point my Muse has taken over. It is amazing!

Real memories become a part of fiction. I remember being at the beach wading bare foot in the water’s edge. Forever with me are the beautiful, flagrant flowers around Grandma’s front yard. They warmed my heart and created the foundation for a young, active mind. I remember attending an opera with a friend who wore white cotton socks with high heel shoes. I appreciated her independent soul. Most of all, I cannot forget the time a boyfriend tried to choke me to death when I caught him in several lies. The circles in my mind are like ripples in a stream that reach throughout life’s journey.

Then you begin to understand why your protagonist fits so well—you have seen him or her before. The good and bad circumstances fall into place. Is the bad redeemable? Therein lays the needed friction—elements sliding against each other. Step outside of your story and “see” if this bad person is redeemable in real life and in fiction. To be true to your story, you must take into consideration your own background; otherwise, it will read too scripted. That is when it gets hard…my Grandmother would have said, etc., etc. Well, maybe not. It could produce the opposite picture you need to bring out the “bad” character. Most importantly, the ending must be a mixture of real life and fantasy.

After three or four edits, and at the end of your final manuscript, you read your baby. But wait. Put it aside for several weeks and in the quiet of the evening (or morning whichever is best for you), read it to its completion. You will think, Wow! The emotion is almost orgasmic! Unless I miss my guess, you will say, “Who wrote this?” Then you will understand you are a serious writer.

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Minnie Estelle Miller



The Seduction of Mr. Bradley

Assertive. Smooth. Handsome. Comes a graying Sky.

Bill was piloting the plane, losing control, and spiraling downward. A crash was inevitable.

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I still have a few copies left at a reduced price.  Please contact me at my email addresses.

Minnie E Miller


The Seduction of Mr. Bradley

The Seduction of Mr. Bradley


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